TVP offers good value for money
THAMES Valley Police has been named one of the best value forces in England and Wales.
Data published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) shows that it costs 45p a day for every person looked after by the force.
This works out at £164.69 per person in the 2014-15 financial year and 3p a day per person more than the least expensive forces in the country.
Lincolnshire and Wiltshire police forces are the cheapest in the country, each costing 42p a day for each person under their protection.
Nationally the average cost to run a police force was 55p per person in England and Wales in 2014-15.
The report summary states: “Forces need to move from surviving budget reductions to thriving in a world of sustained cost reduction.
“Efficiency is not something that forces should feel is imposed on them as a reluctant addition to policing.
“It should run through all policing; that has always been the case.
“Never before was it more important than it is today.”
The most expensive police force in the country was the Metropolitan Police at 88p per person, followed by Merseyside and Cleveland forces.